Par`a*si"ta (?), n. pl. [NL.] Zool. (a)

An artificial group formerly made for parasitic insects, as lice, ticks, mites, etc.

(b)

A division of copepod Crustacea, having a sucking mouth, as the lerneans. They are mostly parasites on fishes. Called also Siphonostomata.

 

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